Bacchanal of the Andrians (1523-25) by Titian

Bacchanal of the Andrians - Titian - 1523-25

Artwork Information

TitleBacchanal of the Andrians
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions175 x 193 cm
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid

About Bacchanal of the Andrians

The painting “Bacchanal of the Andrians” is a mythological artwork created by Titian between 1523-25. Measuring 175 x 193 cm, it showcases the effects of wine on the mythical island of Andros, featuring a nude nymph and Silenus in the background. The painting was commissioned by Alfonso I d’Este for the Sala dei Baccanali in the Camerini d’alabastro.

Titian strictly follows diagonal lines and uses the number eight as a compositional device in the painting, which combines figurative painting with landscape. The artwork forms part of a group of mythological paintings produced by Titian that includes Bacchus and Ariadne and Worship of Venus.

Inspired by Philostratus (Imagines I, 25), the painting represents Titian’s exceptional talent in using bold brushwork and vivid colors. It also features a reclining nude in the lower right corner, adding an intense and passionate element to the painting. Currently, it is displayed in the Prado Museum in Madrid, where it continues to mesmerize viewers centuries after its creation.

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